Dear Crabby, Why is the Promised, One Time Only, DIA Millage up for Renewal?

Dear Crabby, Why is the Promised, One Time Only, DIA Millage up for Renewal? Sincerely, Art Vote   Dear Art, Because voters are stupid and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) knows it. The one time only, 10-year millage we passed in 2012 was promised to be ONE TIME. The money they were collecting would go into a endowment to create a fund that the Detroit Institute of Arts could live off of for years and years. Well, we didn't even get to end of the 10 years did we. But that's part … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Art & Apples Festival 2017 Kids Art Zone

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) is proud to announce the return of the Meijer Kids Art Zone at the 52nd Art & Apples Festival. The signature event, which also serves as PCCA’s largest fundraiser, takes place Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 at Rochester Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. “Art & Apples is such a fun and engaging event for the community, and one Meijer is incredibly proud to support,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of Community Partnerships … [Read more...]

Take a bite out of the 49th annual Art & Apples Festival

Local cider mills are open and there’s a slight chill creeping into the air, which means one thing: it’s time for the 49th annual Art & Apples Festival! Presented by Paint Creek Center for the Arts and recently voted 14 out of 2,000 fine art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this year the Art & Apples welcomes over 290 artists (One third of the are new!) from 33 states and two countries and features stunning fine arts, family activities, live entertainment, and … [Read more...]

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) is now accepting entries to the 32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC)

The juried exhibit will feature a variety of media, all created since January 2013, by artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Cash prize awards to artists will total $5,000. This year's MFAC will be exhibited Friday, May 16 through Friday, July 11. BBAC exhibits are always free and open to the public. Artists must be 18 and older. The entry deadline is Friday, April 11. All entries are online.  For more information, visit or call 248.644.0866. … [Read more...]

Patterson statement on DIA developments

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson released the following statement about today’s developments regarding the Detroit Institute of Arts collection: “Any deal that protects the DIA’s collection from being sold off while potentially helping city workers and retirees is a positive development. Of course, the devil is always in the details and we will monitor this latest development closely to ensure Oakland County taxpayers are protected. It’s time for the state to step up and protect … [Read more...]

Public voting to begin for MI Great Artist

Public voting to choose Michigan’s next great artist begins today, Oct. 18. Individuals may vote for their favorite artist at the MI Great Artist website,, once each day through Oct. 31. The votes will be tallied to determine the top 20 artists. MI Great Artist is a quality of life initiative by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery founder/CEO Albert Scaglione to identify and promote up-and-coming 2-D artists. This year, 66 artists will … [Read more...]

MI Great Artist prizes improve

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has raised the stakes for the 2013 MI Great Artist contest. He announced today that cash prizes would grow to a total of $3,000 for the second annual art competition which begins Sept. 16. Patterson and Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione launched the contest last year as a quality of life initiative to identify and support up-and-coming artists in the Economic Growth Alliance (EGA) region. “Our inaugural year succeeded in connecting … [Read more...]

The Life and Architecture of Albert Kahn

Join us at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. as Professor Michael Farrell discusses the life of work of architecture Albert Kahn. Albert Kahn was a supreme designer of factories which made him an international figure in the world of architecture. In the Detroit area we know Kahn as more than just a practical architect. He is a poetic designer of homes, commercial and religious structures, private clubs and town halls. Professor Michael Farrell will … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners votes to help maintain DIA Collections

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, in partnership with Oakland County Commissioner Kathy  S. Crawford introduced a resolution in support for the maintenance of the Detroit Institute of Arts Collection. The resolution would support the Oakland County Art Authority canceling their existing contract and tax for the DIA, if the existing art collection is effected by the bankruptcy process. With bankruptcy looming and the financial future of the … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC and DIA

“Come Wonder Around” the Detroit Institute of Arts with OPC Leisure Travel on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The trip departs OPC at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the DIA, you will enjoy a reception with baked goods and coffee, then explore the galleries with a self-guided tour, visit the DIA gift shop, and if you wish, treat yourself to lunch at the CaféDIA. If you are 50 years of age or older, and a resident of Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township, we would … [Read more...]